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72 Hours Guide.pdf
The recent train derailment in Lac Mégantic prompts us to remind residents that by taking a few simple steps today, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere – in three simple steps:
The Town of Hampstead has identified the following to be the most likely risks affecting our area:
You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. If a disaster happens in Hampstead, first responders – police, fire, ambulance, and public works – may be assigned to controlling the disaster and helping those in desperate need. For the first 72 hours of an emergency, you need to be prepared to fend for yourself.
Your plan will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. It should include escape routes, meeting places, and a designated contact person. Ask your children’s school or daycare about their emergency plan. Those with specials health needs should write down details about their medical conditions and medications.
For your home, make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector, smoke detector and fire extinguisher. Know how to turn off your home’s water, electricity and gas.
In an emergency you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. The key is to make sure the items are organized and easy to find. A basic emergency kit should contain:
If you have a car, prepare a kit and keep it in the vehicle. It should include some of the above items plus, booster cables, shovel, snow brush, windshield washer fluid, flares and road salt.
Although it’s not possible to plan for every type of emergency that exists, the Town of Hampstead is prepared to handle the types of disasters most like to affect our town, its residents and its infrastructure.
The first line of defense includes the following groups:
How to report an emergency
In the event of a fire, medical emergency or if someone’s life is at risk, call 9-1-1.
How to stay informed
In the event of an emergency, your best resources are trusted news sources such as a radio station or local newspaper, and official notifications from the City, Police or Fire Department. You can also get up-to-date information from the Town’s website (www.hampstead.qc.ca), Facebook (www.facebook.com/hampsteadQC) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/hampsteadqc) accounts.
For non-urgent issues, contact call Town Hall at 514-369-8200 or by email at email@example.com or Public Security at 514 369-8250 (24-hrs). Keep in mind that lines may be overwhelmed and information may not be available (i.e.: when is the power coming back on?).
For more information on self-preparedness, emergency plans and emergency kits, please visit www.GetPrepared.ca.